Accept No Mediocre Life: Living Beyond Labels, Libels, and Limitations

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Author, trainer, pastor, and radio talk show host David Foster urges readers to rip off the labels, libels, and limitations people have stuck on them and commit to a lifelong pursuit of excellence.

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David Foster is a 15-time Grammy Award winning composer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer whose career began in the early 1970s, with the group Skylark. He then went on to become one of the most sought-after session players in the business, working alongside such musical legends as Barbra Streisand, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, and many more. In 1990, Foster met Celine Dion in Quebec, singing under a tent in the rain, and shortly thereafter he introduced her to American audiences. A few years later, he was recruited by Atlantic Records, paving the way for the creation of his own successful label, 143 Records, and in the years since he has discovered a roster of diverse and exceptional talents, including, most recently, Josh Groban and Michael Buble. In addition to his work in the music business, Foster spends much of his time raising money for charity.

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Foster, a pastor and radio talk show host, writes a pep talk for "those who refuse to accept mediocre as the standard by which they live their lives." To break out of the everyday rut, Foster asks for four commitments: excel at being who you are (each person is unique), where you are ("perfect conditions do not exist"), with what you have, while you can. Behind this is the premise that "doing our best glorifies God, not ourselves." Unfortunately, the book is much longer than it needs to be because of an overabundance of quotations (in one three-page sequence, Foster quotes Ann Landers, Norman Vincent Peale, Will Rogers, Mel Brooks, Shakespeare and Emerson) and shopworn illustrations—including chestnuts about the wheelbarrow trip over Niagara Falls and boiling a frog. However, nice thoughts are wedged within the filler, such as the slogan "God created you a victor, not a victim." The chapter on developing a sustainable pace for life effectively uses an acrostic on "stamina" to teach the value of trusting God, cultivating patience and developing a network of good friends. And Foster forcefully encourages a mindset of seizing everyday opportunities to help others and improve oneself. Though this guide would have been more effective without recycling so many illustrations, it contains flashes of insight on achieving excellence.
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